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The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces an Open-Competitive exam for: School Business Manager

Posted On: 
April 9, 2020

About this position.

  • Position: 
    Full-Time
  • Salary: 
    $106,000
  • Department: 
    Education - G.A.S.D.

Notice of Examination


The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces an Open-Competitive exam for: School Business Manager


Open-competitive # 67-349

Great Amsterdam School District

Date of Examination: June 13, 2020

Last Filing Date: May 6, 2020


Read this entire announcement before filling your application.


Starting Salary: $106,000

Vacancy: At the present time, there is no vacancies, and the list will be used for future vacancies.

Resident Requirement: Candidate must have been legal resident of the Greater Amsterdam School District for at least one (1) month immediately prior to the exam date.

General Statement:

This is a professional business management position responsible for directing, coordinating and performing a variety of business functions in a school district.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business education, business administration or related field, and one year of business management experience which included accounting and budgeting duties; or
  2. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an associate degree in accounting, business administration or closely related field and three years of experience as described in (a) above; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b) above.

Subject of Examination:

A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Preparing Written Material These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  2. Understand and Interpreting Written Material
    These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.
  3. School Fiscal Management
    These questions test for a general knowledge of financial matters as they relate to school business offices. The questions may include, but not necessarily be limited to, such matters as capital and operating budgeting; general and governmental accounting; cost analysis; internal controls; cash management; investment and debt management; insurance and risk management; financial reporting; general and governmental purchasing; transportation; food services; and facilities management.
  4. Understanding and interpreting tabular material
    These questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabular form. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawing conclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, and revising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ratio, and proportion are tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is not a major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone.
  5. Evaluating Conclusions in light of known facts
    These questions will consist of a set of facts and a conclusion. You must decide if the conclusion is proved by the facts, disproved by the facts or if the facts are not sufficient to prove or disprove the conclusion. The questions will not be specific to a particular field.
  6. Administrative Supervision
    These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between and upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to take a written test” helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office no later than 9:00am on the Monday following the test, (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday – providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.

Notice of Examination – Page 4

Application:

Applications may be obtained at the Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:

Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY  12010Applications received post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted.  The applicant should make sure every question on the application is answered and that the application is complete in all respects.  All statements made by candidates in their application are subject to verification.  This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications.  Candidates will be notified of the disposition of their application.  Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear to take the written test.  If candidates have not received a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.

Application Fees:

A $15.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application.  Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or money order.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  If your application is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearly qualify.

Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:

Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need for special arrangements.  Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are on active military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for more information.  If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.

Section 23.2 Statement:

This examination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with the preparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.

Multiple Exam Takers:

If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify Amsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination.  When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a State examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examination.If you have applied for other local examinations examination, call or write to each Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking the examination.

Veteran’s Credit:

Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations.  Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.

Change of Address:

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

If any emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (518)841-4341 no later than 9:00AM on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.

Application Fee Waiver:

A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.  In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the application deadline as listed on the examination announcement.

Children of Firefighters and Police Officers killed in the line of duty:

In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer

Civil Service Commission: Gary McNeil, Chairman

John Mancini, Commissioner

Lynn Kot, Commissioner

11/18/2016

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How do I apply?

You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).

  • Contact: 
    Jen Iannotti
  • Phone: 
    (518) 841-4341
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